MATCH RECAP: Chicago House AC Gets A Crucial Three Points On The Road In San Diego Versus 1904 FC

The House Gets Their First Win Since August 14th And Continues The Goal Scoring Streak
Published Oct 4, 2021

SAN DIEGO, CA (October 2nd, 2021) - Chicago House AC (2-2-5, 8pts) put on a stellar performance in the second half on Saturday's match and earned a clean sheet with their 2-0 victory against San Diego 1904 FC (2-1-6, 7pts). Wojciech Wojcik scored his third goal of the season, and Musa Morris scored his first goal for the House as they brought a crucial three points home. Nazeem Bartman also made his professional debut, and this was the first time the House got back-to-back points this season.

In the first half, the House put pressure on the 1904 FC defense early by staying aggressive and building on the counter-attack. In the 2nd minute, Ian Cerro took the first shot of the match, but 1904 FC goalkeeper Austin Rogers saved it. In the 6th minute, Drew Conner got a shot, but it went wide past Rogers. 1904 FC had a few chances when forward Jerry Desdudes took a shot at House goalkeeper Mike Novotny, but he made the save. In the 28th minute 1904 FC midfielder Samuel Gomez attempted a chip shot in the box, but Novotny got his hands on it to prevent it from going into the back of the net. In the 34th minute, Michael Kozielek had a free-kick and hit a rocket shot towards Rogers, but he dived towards his left to make an excellent save. In the 40th minute, 1904 FC had their free-kick opportunity, and forward Matthew Hurlow-Paonessa went for the header, but the ball went inches from the left post as the first half ended at 0-0.

In the 56th minute of the second half, Edward Benito had a great chance to give 1904 FC the lead, but his shot went wide past Novotny. Chicago House AC forwards Derek Huffman, and Wojciech Wojcik were aggressive all night, challenging the 1904 FC defense. In the 62nd minute, defender Anthony Bowie crossed the ball to Wojciech Wojcik, and he made a magnificent back-heel shot to give the House a 1-0 lead. It was a very physical match, and 1904 FC kept pushing forward to find an equalizer. Musa Morris came from the bench to replace captain Drew Conner in the 75th minute and certainly brought energy into the midfield. In the 86th minute 1904 FC had a free kick outside the box. Ozzie Ramos' shot hit the wall, and the House cleared it for a counter-attack. Minutes later, forward Wojciech Wojcik crossed the ball to his teammate Musa Morris, and he buried his shot past Rogers to give the House a 2-0 lead late in the match. In stoppage time, Christian Schneider headed the ball towards the net for 1904 FC, but Novotny used his legs to make himself big enough to keep the clean sheet for the House. 1904 FC was unable to score as the House was able to get only their second win of the season for the first time since August 14th when they defeated Stumptown AC 1-0 on the road. The House had only scored four goals before Saturday's match.

After the match, Head Coach and Technical Director, C.J. Brown shared how it felt for the club to get their first win since August 14th.

"It feels really good, and I think the guys are happy," said Coach Brown. "I'm proud of the work they've been putting in, and getting three points on the road is a good feeling and will build our confidence."

Coach Brown also gave his perspective on why the team has successfully converted their goal-scoring chances in their last two matches.

"At the early part of the season, we didn't see a lot of balls put into the box," said Coach Brown. "We were getting numbers in the box, but we weren't getting balls into the box. We switched focus to defending to stop getting numbers. We are getting numbers forward and are still focusing on defending. The players' stamina, mentally and physically, is growing. That's allowing us to play better soccer, get more opportunities, and defend as a group. That's why you're seeing goals right now because our forwards and midfielders are seeing the ball a lot closer around the goal, which is creating opportunities for us to score."

Coach Brown also shared his insights on what he learned from this match as the House and 1904 FC will face off once again this Saturday at SeatGeek Stadium.

"What we took from watching 1904 FC play is they tried to hit some of their direct balls to their front two strikers," said Coach Brown. "1904 FC tried to beat some of our pressure, so we need to be aware of that next game. The game also got physical, so we need to be mindful of that, but I think the most important thing is that if we keep our energy up, keep working the ball around, and be patient, we will find the right moments to score goals. It's like the second half of this game where we won the first half, and now we have to win the second half. We can't be thinking going into the rematch that we already beat them once and that this game will be easy; it won't be easy."

The House finally moved out from the bottom of the table with the win, as they moved up one spot to 9th place while 1904 FC moved to 10th place in the NISA fall table.

On Saturday, October 9th, the House returns home at SeatGeek Stadium to take on San Diego 1904 FC at 7:30 PM CST. Fans can tune in live by visiting www.chicagohouseac.com/watch-live. For team updates and information, please follow the team's social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, @ChicagoHouse_AC for live updates and fan reactions.

 

ABOUT Chicago House AC

Founded in 2020, Chicago House Athletic Club is a community-based professional soccer team that plays its home matches at the 20,000 capacity SeatGeek Stadium at 71st and Harlem in Bridgeview, Illinois. The team competes in the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA,) a U.S. Soccer sanctioned third division league. Led by Managing Partner, President & CEO Peter Wilt, Chicago House AC is a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) committed to using its platform for social justice, diversity, equality, inclusion, and community improvement. The club's name is a tribute to House Music, which was created in Chicago in the early 1980's. Fans can help #BuildTheHouse by purchasing tickets at www.chicagohouseac.com/tickets or by calling our Ticket Sales Team at (312) 444-0976. For more information on Chicago House AC, please visit www.chicagohouseac.com and follow the club on social media @ChicagoHouse_AC. Our City, Our House.

ABOUT NISA

The National Independent Soccer Association was founded in 2017 with a mission to bring professional soccer to every city in the United States. A pro league member of U.S. Soccer, NISA focuses on a model based on meritocracy, independent clubs controlling their own league, clubs owning their intellectual property, all without the barrier of territorial rights. Sanctioned by the U.S. Soccer Federation, NISA also runs the mid-summer pro-am Independent Cup tournament, the year-long amateur league NISA Nation, and NISA Media.

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